Hello all. First post here
I’m an Anglican who wants to convert to Catholicism. A long story so I’ll skip the boring part
I recently decided to take the plunge and try RCIA, but the church I’m attending mass at has a planned ‘pathway’ which starts with the Alpha Course and then moves on to a kind of Catholicism 101.
Although a little suspicious of Alpha, I attended the first session last week. It was OK, a pleasant meal and conversation followed by a DVD of Nicky Gumbel talking (reminded me totally of all the Anglican vicars I’d grown up listening to), finished off with a talk in a circle on the theme ‘Christianity - Boring, Untrue, Irrelevant?’.
So far so good, but I’m very concerned about the weekend retreat on the Holy Spirit and the whole ‘speaking in tongues’ thing - I thought that kind of behaviour was for the Pentecostalists!
At the first session it seemed to be pretty harmless though. Although the course co-ordinator is a layperson, the Priest was present at all times and chaired the discussions.
I’m feeling very unsure about the whole thing. My wife thinks they are using brainwashing techniques and is worried about me becoming one of those ‘Creepy Christians’ as she put it.
I’m not sure whether I should continue with the course or find another church that does a regular beginner’s class. The thing is the people at my current church are a really warm and friendly bunch.
Does anybody here have experience with Alpha in a Catholic context? Anybody here convert to Catholicism after attending the Alpha Course? Your thoughts and advice are much appreciated